WHAT HAPPENS NEXT –
Legal representation at the hearings – a call for donations?
For the first time in SOFLAG’s history, we may need to appeal to you for financial support.
The Independent Planning Inspector will be considering MSDC’s Development Plan at hearings in the new year.
This could be our final shot at protecting the fields from development.
If sites SA12/13 (the name given to the fields in the MSDC Document) are allocated, building is scheduled to start in 2022….
MSDC and all the developers will be heavily represented by barristers to defend their interests. It’s a sad fact that for us to have any effective presence at the hearings, we too will need to engage a specialist planning barrister. In previous such hearings, we’ve seen that the Inspector simply takes more notice of the words of officials and their barristers. They speak the same language.
In such uncertain times, we realise it’s not the best time to be asking for money, but one thing that we’ve all learned is how important nature and open spaces are to the wellbeing of our population. Space, clean air, nature habitats…all these things are set to be lost if this development goes ahead. If you are in a position to donate, now really is the time…. Think about how your quality of life will be affected if this development were to go ahead… the traffic, the loss of open natural space, the drop in property value, Burgess Hill eating up further swathes of the Hassocks countryside…
If you think you might be able to help, now is the time so please do let us know.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us how much you might be able to contribute to a legal fighting fund. It doesn’t matter how small the amount. This will enable us to build a fundraising plan. If you’d rather chat to one of us about this, leave your phone number and we’ll give you a call.
This does not mean you are committing yourselves to anything, it’s just to give us an estimate. We won’t keep a record of who offered what, and we’ll ask again if and when we decide we are able to go ahead.
We know the development is crazy. The Town Council know it’s crazy. So we must make sure our voice is heard by the inspector. We’re sure, if the evidence is presented in the correct way, they will also see this development is totally inappropriate.
We are currently looking into the best and most secure way to collect and hold donations. We’ll be in touch in the new year when we know more…but in the meantime please email us if you would like to contribute.